Sunday Sports Shorts

Portland Trail Blazers traveled to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz. Blazers shooting guard Anfernee Simons scored a career-high 45 points while shooting 15-for-25 from the floor in a 116-111 victory over the Jazz. Power forward Jerami Grant added 33 points. 

South Carolina rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat the Georgetown Hoyas 74-71 overtime on Saturday. Forward Gregory Jackson scored 22 of his points in the second half. Johnson had 17 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. Hayden Brown added 16 points and matched Jackson’s eight rebounds. 

Conor McDavid and Leon Drasitk each scored two points for the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. The Oilers played terrific offense against the Montreal Canadiens. After the Oilers led 3-1 in the second period, the Canadiens rallied to tie the game. Momentum shifted towards Montreal’s side, but the Oilers regained it by scoring two more goals. The Oilers won 5-3. 

Saturday Hockey News with Miguel

It’s time to shake things up a bit. We are switching from “Saturday Morning Sports with Miguel” to “Saturday Hockey News with Miguel.” Saturday mornings belong to hockey. The move is exciting, and I will provide updates about the Hockey world. 

The New York Rangers continue to struggle to close out games. Ottawa Senators rallied back to beat the Rangers, 3-2 at the garden on Friday night. In his 300th NHL game, Senators’ Brady Tkachuk scored with 18 seconds left to go in overtime. The Rangers have fallen back compared to this last season. Nagging injuries and losing poise in the third period are things they need to improve and work on. 

The headlines in Nashville belong to Kevin Lankinen because he posted a career-high 46 saves in a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders. Lankinen returned in a big way since he was out from November 23rd. The Predators are currently on a three-game winning streak. 

Miguel’s Friday Thoughts: Jim Carrey, Steven Stamkos, Vince Vaughn

Comedian Jim Carrey is the biggest reason why I fell in love with movies and particularly the comedy genre. People who know me know how much of an influence Jim Carrey has on me and my life. His films from the 90s can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Recently, I learned that Jim Carrey had battled depression in the past. I’m not too surprised because there was something about Jim that made me feel that he could’ve been depressed before. A lot of comedians have dealt with depression, and many of them use humor as a mask for pain. Although Jim has battled depression for years, he has kept it under control. 

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos reached 1,000 career points in a Lightning win on Thursday night. Stamkos is the 95th player in NHL history to reach the milestone. Stamkos is, without a doubt, a future hall of Famer and is the critical factor in which Tampa became a city of champions and had been competing for many years. He’s a two-time Stanley Cup champion. 

There’s a possibility that we could see a squeal of the classic 2004 comedy film ‘Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Vince Vaughn pitched the sequel idea to the studio, and they seem to be intrigued by the idea. 

Zoe Saldana Deserves an Emmy Nomination

Zoe Saldana deserves to be nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series for ‘From Scratch.’ The limited series is on Netflix with eight breathtaking and heart-wrenching episodes. Saldana delivered an outstanding performance in this series. 

The story is about Amahle “Amy” Wheeler, an American student studying in Italy, who meets and falls in love with Lino, a Sicilian chef. When Lino faces health issues, and the couple’s future is threatened, the two families come together. It’s always intriguing that she learned to speak Italian to play this role. 

Episodes seven and eight were the episodes that convinced me that she was worthy of a nomination. I’m not sure about winning the category just yet because I have to see the other performances, but a vital consideration for a nomination. It would suck if she didn’t get nominated. If you haven’t seen the new limited series, I highly recommend watching it. No spoiler alert is coming from me. You would have to see this series and Saldana’s performance for yourself. 

Tyler Perry’s Amazon Deal, Cocaine Bear Movie, Jay Leno’s Comeback

Tyler Perry doesn’t stop working. I admire the man’s hustle and determination. I’m not crazy about the movies and shows he produces, but he doesn’t wait for anyone to give him the green light. It’s a great day to be Tyler Perry. He is getting into business with Amazon, setting up a four-movie deal. Perry will write, direct and produce four features released on Prime Video.

Cocaine Bear is a new film set to release on February 2023. It’s Elizabeth Banks’ third directing movie. The story is based on actual events about a drug runner whose plane crashes with a load of cocaine that’s found by a black bear who eats it. The film stars Keri Russell and O’Shea Jackson Jr, and it’s the last film of Ray Liotta before he passed away. 

Jay Leno is back to doing standup comedy. It’s a remarkable comeback after suffering burns when a fire broke out in his Burbank garage.

Leno got discharged from the hospital about a week ago. He underwent surgery for burns on his face, chest, and hands and continues to receive outpatient care as he is expected to recover fully. Jay Leno is lucky to be alive and to have returned to doing what he loves. Leno is Mr. Longevity. I don’t see him retiring whatsoever. 

Disney’s Thanksgiving Weekend Nightmare

When you go woke up, you go broke! Disney has been a massive disappointment in the entertainment industry. The kind of projects they’re producing can make anyone unwoke, scratch their head, and roll their eyes.

Disney Animation’s Strange World bombed with a five-day opening of $18.6 million. That’s the worst opening for a Disney Animation Thanksgiving title. Strange World opened just days after Bob Iger’s return as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. The action-adventure film is about a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog, and a slew of ravenous creatures. 

I haven’t seen the movie, and I probably won’t because I’m sick and tired of woke politics. Supposedly, it’s Disney’s worst kid’s animated movie yet, which tells us something about Disney’s direction in the future, and I doubt Bob can raise Disney from the dead. 

A lot of these companies need to tap out. Going woke won’t go anywhere but the toilet.

Sunday Sports Shorts

Syracuse snapped a five-game losing streak and defeated Boston College 32-23. Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader completed 21 of 27’passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Orange made an impressive comeback as they trailed by 11 points in the fourth quarter. 

Edmonton Oilers rallied and came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the New York Rangers at the garden, 4-3. The Rangers left the ice with some boos from their fan base. The final 20 minutes of the game were awful performances. 

St John’s Joel Soriano is one of the most improved players in college basketball. Soriano stepped up and carried the Red Storm with 21 points and 19 rebounds in a 78-70 win over Niagara. St John’s stays undefeated with a 7-0 record. Red Storm will face Long Island University on Tuesday. 

The Story Behind Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has a new movie out in theaters, The Fabelmans. He describes his experience as a kid wanting to become a filmmaker and his relationship with his parents. It is a movie we have been waiting for 45 years from Steven Spielberg. We thought we knew Steven Spielberg, but we’re going to get to know him well with this latest film. We will see his vulnerable side telling this story. 

Spielberg has directed films in the past that were science fiction, historical drama, etc. But this film is entirely different and unique. There’s a high chance it will be a movie that will make a strong case for Academy Award nominations. 

Spielberg was the oldest of four children. His father, Arnold, portrayed by actor Paul Dano, was an engineer. Spielberg’s father didn’t believe in Steven’s passion for film. He thought it was a pipe dream and mission impossible to break through. His mother, on the other hand, was supportive of her son, and it gave him a lot of motivation to pursue his dreams. Steven’s mother, Leah, portrayed by actress Michelle Williams, was a gifted pianist. During an interview with CBS, Steven spoke highly of Michelle Williams. After each take, Michelle would approach Steven and ask him if she could do anything else to make the performance better. Steven liked that about Michelle. Also, Michelle expressed how grateful she was to portray this role, and it’s probably one of her favorite roles she’s ever done in her career thus far. 

Paul Dano and Michelle Williams are two talented actors who I believe will get some nominations. Michelle Williams is due for an Oscar. She has come a long way from her days in Dawson’s Creek

As for Steven Spielberg, he knew he couldn’t tell this story while his parents were alive because he didn’t want to disappoint them or have any issues. His parents are deceased now, which opened the gates for Steven to tell this story. Steven and his family had to move from New Jersey to Arizona to California because of Arnold’s career. These decisions had to make Leah put her dreams and goals on hold to help raise the kids at home. 

I’m looking forward to seeing The Fabelmans online. The trailer looks good. The cast is solid and directed by the legend Steven Spielberg, who also wears the producer hat in this film. 

Saturday Morning Sports with Miguel

The New York Knicks could not get it done against the Portland Trail Blazers without Damian Lillard. Knicks had problems against one of the Blazer’s best players. His name is Jerami Grant – a talented and underrated player who I think it’s a solid two-way player. Grant poured 44 points on the Knocks as the Blazers left the garden with a 132-129 overtime victory. 

In college basketball, the Oklahoma Sooners have won their fifth straight game by defeating Seton Hall, 77-64. Grant Sherfield scored a season-high 25 points for the Sooners. 

During the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational, Duke took care of business against Xavier. Jeremy Roach led the Blue Devils with 21 points in a 71-64 win. Duke will face Iowa State in the championship game. 

Aside from Edwin Diaz, Adam Ottavino has been the Mets’ most dependable reliever this last season. There’s a possibility that Ottavino could be playing elsewhere. It’s a dicey situation because Adam loves playing for New York. Ottavino is 37 years old and has posted a 2.06 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 66 appearances. What will the Mets do in this situation? 

Mar 25, 2022; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) delivers a pitch in the fifth inning of the game against the Houston Astros during spring training at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary Toronto Maple Leaf defenseman Borje Salming passed away. He played in the NHL from 1973 through 1990. Salming was a tough player during his career in a challenging physical era. He was a pioneer as a Swedish player and paved the way for many upcoming Swedish hockey players in the future. Salming was one of the best two-way players in the league. In the past year, up until his death, he was battling ALS, which limited him to many things, including speaking. 

Miguel’s Friday Thoughts: Lacey Chabert’s ‘Haul Out The Holly’

Welcome to Miguel’s Friday Thoughts! Happy Friday! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with your loved ones. We are blessed in so many ways. Not many people today can be at home for the holidays, and many families are grieving because of deaths that are occurring lately. On a happy note, the Christmas season is here, and Hallmark is the best network to catch some Christmas movies nonstop. 

Lacey Chabert, the Queen of Hallmark Christmas movies, doesn’t stop working and will continue to amaze us with her performance. Chabert is starring in a new Hallmark movie, Haul Out the Holly, which premieres on Saturday at 8 pm. 

Chabert is one of the biggest reasons why I watch Hallmark Christmas movies. She’s a talented actress and a great asset to the network. Hollywood tried to typecast her, but she’s better off working for Hallmark. The leading role suits her perfectly in any Hallmark Christmas movie.

I’m looking forward to seeing this new movie. Here’s the poster from Hallmark.